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“Perhaps more than any other vegetable, broccoli rabe is known by various names, including rapini, broccoli raab (pronounced rob), raab, rape, rapa, broccoli di rape and rappi. In the U.S., it is most commonly called broccoli rabe or rapini. It is not, however, the same thing as broccolini or baby broccoli, which are much sweeter.”

So says, San Diego food writer Susan Russo in an article on npr.org (June 7, 2010).

She writes about growing up eating broccoli rabe every Sunday. It was a staple in the Italian-centric area of Rhode Island where her family resided. She says “You don’t have to be Italian to eat broccoli rabe” and shares favorite recipes that sound pretty darn good. Pictures included.

Broccoli Rabe, Fennel And Hot Sausage Pizza
Lemony Broccoli Rabe And Cannellini Bean Crostini
Broccoli Rabe And Mushroom Frittata With Grape Tomato Salsa

Read the article and recipes here.
Susan is a farmers market fan, her web site is Food Blogga.

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2 bunches of broccoli rabe

salt to taste

2 garlic cloves, minced

3 T extra-virgin olive oil

6 oil-packed anchovy fillets or to taste

1 t hot red pepper flakes or 1 small dried red chili, chopped, seeds and all

1 lb orecchiette, cavatelli or other pasta

4 quarts water

freshly ground black pepper to taste

grated Parmesan or pecorino cheese


Clean and coarsely chop the broccoli rabe.

Bring about 1 inch of lightly salted water to a boil in a heavy saucepan. Add the broccoli rabe and cook until it is tender and only a few tablespoons of liquid are left in the bottom of the pan-about 5 to 10 minutes, depending on how finely the vegetable is chopped.

Set the pan of broccoli rabe aside, but keep it warm.

In a separate skillet or sauté pan, gently sauté the garlic in the olive oil until it is soft, then melt in the anchovy fillets by crushing them in the garlicky oil with a fork.

Add the red pepper and stir to mix well.

Turn the garlic-pepper oil into the broccoli rabe and mix.

Cook the pasta in lightly salted boiling water until done. Drain the pasta and immediately combine with the seasoned broccoli rabe. Turn it into a warm serving bowl, add pepper, and serve immediately.

You can pass grated cheese at the table.

Recipe from GourmetSleuth.com

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